NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care

Our course code: X207

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Are you involved in caring for someone with dementia? Or are you working within the care industry? This Dementia Care course has been designed for you to study from home online, and gives all care workers the essential knowledge needed to offer the very best professional approach to caring for people with dementia.

Dementia itself is not a single actual disease or illness, but is an umbrella term used to describe lots of different types of conditions, all of which have one thing in common; they attack and destroy the cells in the brains of people with dementia. Currently, 700,000 people in the UK have dementia and this figure is expected to double over the next few decades.

Being a carer can cause a mix of feelings. It can be both rewarding and challenging. If you look after someone with dementia, you may have many questions and worries that can be eased by equipping yourself with the knowledge and tools to better understand and support the person with dementia.

On this course, you will develop a real understanding of the needs of people affected by the condition, and also benefit from learning to cope with the challenges that caring for someone with dementia brings about on a daily basis. This course will help you to become more effective in many aspects of your role as a carer. If you are looking to enhance your career development, this course will give you the opportunity to identify your career path within the care industry and support your learning requirements.

This Dementia Care course is online and divided into five mandatory units, each concentrating on an important aspect of the Principles of Dementia Care. To be awarded the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care, learners are required to successfully complete all five units. Furthermore, learners are required to undertake suitable voluntary work experience, or to be employed in a suitable setting and in a suitable role that would enable them to meet the assessment criteria of this qualification.

On this Dementia Care course, you will:

  • Learn how to combine key ingredients of people-centred care in order to improve the daily life of those with dementia
  • Learn to recognise people with dementia as whole individuals, and understand all the needs that sufferers with varying conditions have.
  • Understand emotions and behaviours you may find challenging or distressing.

Designed for care workers, giving them the knowledge to better support those with dementia.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X207
  • Qualification code: 600/6355/5
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Guided learning hours: 131. However, additional hours may be required for reading writing and research. This certificate can usually be completed in 6 months or less.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


This is a regulated qualification, whereby all units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which could include: direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by us. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Knowledge learning outcomes AND competence/skills learning outcomes:

  • Assessors will be both occupationally knowledgeable and qualified to make assessment decisions
  • Internal Quality Assurers will be both occupationally knowledgeable and qualified to make quality assurance decisions

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care. 

That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 2 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

The units of this Level 2 Certificate are embedded in the Level 2 Diploma of the Health and Social Care course. As such, learners could progress directly to the Diploma, which in turn would allow them to register on the Health and Social Care apprenticeship.

Learners can also progress to the Level 3 Dementia Care qualifications.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years

Credits - 15

Course Content

1: Dementia Awareness
  • Understand what dementia is
  • Understand key features of the theoretical models of dementia
  • Know the most common types of dementia and their causes
  • Understand factors relating to an individual’s experience of dementia
2: The Person-centred Approach to the Care and Support of Individuals with Dementia
  • Understand approaches that enable individuals with dementia to experience well-being
  • Understand the role of carers in the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Understand the role of others in the support of individuals with dementia
3: Understand Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dementia Care
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of diversity of individuals with dementia
  • Understand the importance of person-centred approaches in the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Understand ways of working with a range of individuals who have dementia to ensure diverse needs are met
4: Understand and Enable Interaction and Communication with Individuals with Dementia
  • Be able to communicate with individuals with dementia
  • Be able to apply interaction and communication approaches with individuals with demenia
  • Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
  • Be able to use a a person-centered approach to enable an individual to use their communication abilities
5: Approaches to Enable Rights and Choices for Individuals with Dementia Whilst Minimising Risks
  • Understand key legislation and agreed ways of working that ensure the fulfilment of rights and choices of individuals with dementia while minimising risk of harm
  • Understand how to maintain the right to privacy, dignity and respect when supporting individuals with dementia
  • Support individuals with dementia to achieve their potential
  • Be able to work with carers who are caring for individuals with dementia

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!